Feb 07 (LBO) – Sri Lanka’s telecom watchdog says it has started to crack down on errant state and private sector frequency users to collect overdue fees. The crackdown is part of a programme to clean up Sri Lanka’s commercial important spectrum, which is currently near full capacity.
Already, the regulator is seeing a crunch for frequency, as telecom operators plan network expansion and introduce third generation mobile services.
Telecommunications Regulatory Commission’s Director Legal Affairs Mrs. P. R Amarasiri, said the campaign had netted Rs. 24 million in arrears, since November 2005.
An internal committee has also been set up to follow-up on the defaulters, Amarasiri said.
œWe have sent out notices to most of the defaulters and we are taking back the frequencies, especially when it is not in use.
Amarasiri added that œ¦some of these defaulters have wound up or moved to new locations¦ we are making every effort to track them down.
Defaulters reportedly include private and state sector organisations.
Meanwhile, the regulator has also undertaken a number of other initiatives to clean up the spectr